"Actually," Rouge interjected. "It is my fault, Gambit."
Long ago, before Rouge even became aware of her powers, she began a romance with a young man in her hometown. Cody. He was an excellent friend, sweet and passionate. Rouge had fallen for him easily. However, what should have been a magical moment, was anything but that. Their first and only kiss came at the worst timing possible.
"When I was younger and unaware of my powers, Gambit, I put my high school sweetheart in a terrible coma." She confessed sadly, her eyes welling with tears that dare not fall. "I almost killed him. Through a single kiss. You don't understand what that feels like."
Cody's family moved a few years later, to New York and he began treatment in a hospital there. Unfortunately his coma is irreversible. Still destroyed by overwhelming guilt at this situation, Rouge makes a annual visit to Cody every year on the anniversary of that dreadful day.
"This is why I avoid physical contact, Gambit..." Rouge choked a sob, somehow managing to keep herself together. Always a strong woman. "I'm dangerous to anyone and everyone. Including you."